Antiguan scholar, Jennaecia Lewis virtually addressed the 2020 graduating class of Saint Mary’s University as their Valedictorian.
Jennaecia gave her address to the graduating class virtually on Wednesday with over 8,000 views and viewers on social media which witnessed hundreds of well-wishers remarking congratulatory messages to her.
She graduated top of her class this week with a Bachelor of Psychology, Honours, from the Saint Mary’s University’s Faculty of Arts in Halifax, Canada.
The valedictorian completed her studies with a thesis, used an experimental design to investigate the extent to which exposure to offensive racist stimuli could impact individuals’ racist attitudes.
Her studies in Canada were supported through scholarships from the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. However, she explained that high costs associated with being an international student required her to other sources of financial support.
Lewis believes that it was the combination of her grades and the determinist attitude that afforded her the prestigious award.
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Congratulations to Ms. Lewis and all the best for the future.
One heck of an achievement once again from one of our own. Big Cheer for you young lady. You made us all so proud to be called Antiguan and Barbudan. Young people please take note and try to follow in her footsteps. Antiguans are making name all over the world and yet we putting one another down in this country.
Once more congratulation and may your future be brighter
A remarkable achievement!
Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “How we adapt to the inevitability of change will dictate whether we succeed or fail, whether we grow or stagnate, whether we shine or shrink.” – Her Excellence Lady Sandra Williams!
Congrats to Ms. Jennaecia Lewis Valedictorian for the Bachelor of Arts 2020 Graduation Class!
Give Praise and thanks to Jennaecia’s parents, family, friends and the GoAB!
“The revolution and women’s liberation go together. We do not talk of women’s emancipation as an act of charity or out of a surge of human compassion. It is a basic necessity for the revolution to triumph.” – Capitaine Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara, The Upright Man, revolutionary, pan-Africanist theorist, and President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987!
Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “The reasons why the OECS is struggling to get to the level, where the other developed islands are, has to do with the fact that the community of graduates, the community of professionally trained people with skills development has held back the sub-region and therefore we need to align the creation of the skills, the creation of the professional training with the structures of the economy!” A CARICOM Higher Education Administrator (2019)!
“Oh Gad!” – Joanne Hillhouse! Have Mercy Pon Us!
It has been said that Saint Mary’s University (SMU) has graduated, since the 70’s, more Antigua and Barbuda Students than any other Higher Education institution, up to and including the end of the 20th Century! Here are a few from Lady Williams Class of 1986, awarded a Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa in 2019, Dr. Joey John, Mr. Martin Camacho, Dr. Errol Cort and his two sisters, Hazel and Sharon, who made history when all three graduated in the same class ’78, Dr. Dane Abbott, Mrs. Joann Boulos-Callias, Ms Ariel Boulos-Callias The late UN Ambassador Dr. Jon Ashe, Ms. Josina Luke, Mr. Paul Walter, Mr. Derrick Browne, Ms. Vonnette Phillips, Mr. Wordsworth Batt, Mr Charles Tabor, Mr. Willis Jacobs, Dr. Elric Winter, Dr. James Francis! The Late Mr. VanRoy Tobitt, Mr. Foster Lyne a Lecturer at the Institution, Mr. Andre Edwards, Mr. Rudolph Davis, Madame Ann-Marie Layne, Consul General, Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Edmond A Mansoor and many others too numerous to mention!
Lady Sandra Williams, wife of Antigua and Barbuda’s Governor General Sir Rodney Williams and also the president of the Halo Foundation, a charity they founded together in 2014, which aims to provide opportunities for the betterment of people living in Antigua and Barbuda, with a particular focus on youth, has established scholarships for young people to attend Saint Mary’s University! She was able to
secure Henley & Company, a global citizenship advisory firm, as the scholarship sponsor!
Minister Michael Browne, MoEST secured a Partnership Agreement for ABIIT with St. Mary’s University, initiated by a SMU Alumnus in 2014, developed by a St. Lucia/Canadian Professor at SMU, and, Executed by Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, president and vice-chancellor of Saint Mary’s University in Antigua in 2017!
The Library Building and the Entrance Sign on the Campus of the 217 year old University were Project Engineered and Project Managed by an Antigua and Barbuda Engineer in 1974/75!
“Humankind does not submit passively to the power of nature. It takes control over this power. This process is not an internal or subjective one. … The importance of dialectical materialism lies in going beyond the inherent limits of biology, rejecting simplistic theories about our being slaves to the nature of our species, and, instead, placing facts in their social and economic context.” ― Capitaine Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara, The Upright Man!
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